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Libyan forces seize last stronghold of Islamic State in Sirte

The last buildings occupied by Islamic State militants in Sirte have fallen into the hands of Libyan fighters, officials said, as anti-militant fighters celebrated in the streets of the group’s final stronghold in Libya. “This is the last major battle, but it is not the end of military operations,...

Image: Sahara desert from the space station's EarthKAM

Middle school students programmed a camera aboard the International Space Station—the Sally Ride EarthKAM—to photograph this portion of the Sahara desert in western Libya on October 3, 2016. In early November 2016, the Expedition 50Show More Summary

Is this the beginning of the end for ISIL in Libya?

ISIL has just lost control of the city of Sirte, its last stronghold in Libya.

Libya's Sirte in rubble after ISIL defeat

Field hospitals struggle to treat women and children who escaped from the small area still under ISIL control.

Libyan forces taking last few buildings from Islamic State in Sirte: officials

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces said on Tuesday they were securing the last few buildings where Islamic State militants had been making a final stand in their former North African stronghold of Sirte.

With fall of Sirte, IS down but not out in Libya

The fall of Sirte to pro-government forces is a significant setback for the Islamic State group in Libya, but will not spell the end of the jihadists in the strife-torn country, experts say. The loss of the coastal city is the toughest...Show More Summary

ISIS Loses Libya’s Sirte, The Only City It Controlled Outside of Iraq and Syria

Libyan forces allied to the country’s U.N.-backed government said on Monday they had liberated the central coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). It was the only city outside of Iraq and Syria that the group controlled. “Our forces have total control of Sirte. Show More Summary

Isis loses control of Libyan city of Sirte

Forces backed by US airstrikes take last held buildings, but destination of fleeing fighters is unclear The drawn-out capture of Sirte, the last major Islamic State (Isis) stronghold in Libya, has been completed after months of fighting and a stubborn resistance by snipers. Show More Summary

Libya pro-government forces say seize Sirte from IS

Libyan loyalist forces have seized full control of the coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State jihadist group, an official spokesman said Monday. "Our forces have total control of Sirte," after more than six months of fighting, Reda Issa, a spokesman for pro-government forces, told AFP. Show More Summary

Libyan forces take control of Islamic State holdouts in Sirte: spokesman

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces took control on Monday of the final cluster of buildings where Islamic State militants were holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte and are securing the area, a spokesman said.

Women, children leave Islamic State holdout in Sirte: Libyan forces

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces said at least 10 women and children left the last cluster of buildings controlled by Islamic State in the group's former stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, adding that they had edged closer to taking full control of the city.

Geneva authorities report the confiscation of 9 artifacts from Palmyra, Syria, Yemen and Libya

4 days agoArts : ARCAblog

Swiss authorities have confiscated nine archaeological objects originating from Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Through document records obtained by Swiss tribunal it has been determined that the objects were shipped to Switzerland betweenShow More Summary

Swiss seize artefacts looted from Syria's Palmyra

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

Swiss authorities said Friday they had seized cultural relics looted from Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, as well as from Libya and Yemen, which were being stored in Geneva's free ports. The free ports provide highly secured warehouses where basically anything can be stashed tax-free with few questions asked. Show More Summary

Women bombers emerge from Islamic State redoubt to attack Libyan forces

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Several women blew themselves up on Friday in suicide attacks that killed four Libyan soldiers who had granted them safe passage to leave buildings under the control of Islamic State militants, a spokesman for government forces said.

Paris opens new-style reception center to help solve migrants crisis

PARIS (Reuters) - Osman, a 19-year-old asylum-seeker from Sudan, had been on the migrant route for almost a year, traveling through Libya, Italy, and France before making it to a brand new center that opened last month in the north of Paris.

U.S. on watch for Islamic State dispersing in Libya: official

ALGIERS (Reuters) - The United States is "watching very carefully" for Islamic State militants operating outside Sirte as the jihadist group faces defeat in its former North African stronghold, a senior U.S. Department of State official told Reuters.

On the (Most Recent) Reported Death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Late last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that a French airstrike in southern Libya likely killed the jihadist commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The reports have been met with some skepticism, given that Belmokhtar has been reported dead numerous times. For example, American … Continue reading ?

Libyan general Khalifa Haftar meets Russian minister to seek help

Haftar, who previously requested military support from the Kremlin to help fight Islamic militants in Libya, met foreign minister Sergei Lavrov Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of Libya’s eastern government, has met Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and said he was seeking Moscow’s help in his fight against Islamic militants at home. Show More Summary

1,400 saved in Med as Italy sees record migrant arrivals

Rescuers saved some 1,400 migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday as Italy announced a record number of people arriving this year after crossing the Mediterranean, authorities said. "It was a very difficult day but thanks to the work...Show More Summary

Libya’s Hollow Victory Over the Islamic State

Libyans are about to win a long-awaited victory over the Islamic State. So why does no one feel like celebrating?

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